Grant Cohn: New code of behavior for NFL fans flies in the face of game's violence

  • Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is carted off the field after being injured during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SANTA CLARA – You and I are supposed to feel contempt for certain football fans in San Francisco and Houston this week.

Last Sunday in Houston, some Texans fans cheered when Matt Schaub, their own quarterback, sprained his ankle in the third quarter and limped out of the game.


A few hours later in San Francisco, some fans – to me, it seemed like most fans – did the wave while Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell lay on the field with a neck injury.

Even colder, in a way.

The Texans fans expressed their opinion on their quarterback – he stinks – after he had suffered a relatively minor injury. The 49ers fans expressed complete apathy toward a player who was down. Let's get back to enjoying the win or we'll entertain ourselves. That's what the wave meant.

Shame on those fans, right?

Joe Staley feels that way: "There is a man down there on the field getting carted off, you got fans out there doing the wave – I thought it was disrespectful."

Staley accused the fans of being inhumane and he may have a point, but let's reverse the roles.

Week 1 against the Packers, a fan fell off a pedestrian walkway at Candlestick and died on a sidewalk just moments after kickoff. Did the 49ers stop the game to honor the dead man? Was there a moment of silence for him?

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